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iBeacon Protocol, #API and the #InternetOfThings | @ThingsExpo #IoT #BigData
How Beacons and the iBeacon Protocol Fit With the API and the Internet of Things

How Beacons and the iBeacon Protocol Fit With the API and the Internet of Things

By Jennifer Riggins

Forbes called 2015, the Year of the Mobile Beacon.  AdWeek talks about how beacons are already influencing the way we networkget drunkvacationshop, and even how we buy sausage. Ten experts at Marketing Land predicted that this year the whole world of mobile marketing will become acutely location-aware. Plus, if Google, Apple, and Facebook are betting on it, shouldn't you? We'll dive in and learn how beacons interact with APIs, how the different beacon protocols work, and what makes for a quality beacon experience. But First:

[session] Internet of Things and ‘The Physical Web'
[blog] Beacon, Oh Beacon, Wherefore Art Thou Beacon?

Beacon API Use

What are Mobile Beacons?

Beacons are small, often inconspicuous pieces of hardware that allow indoor communication and enable customized mobile marketing, all via low-energy Bluetooth or BLE.

So, are beacons a part of the Internet of Things? Some people have argued no, but I think it's apparent that beacons are IoT because, literally speaking, they are things that connect to the star of it all-the smartphone-with the end objective of an improved experience. That's the essence and value of IoT, right?

Sort of.

Dana Blouin, a PhD student researching power-constrained center-node networks and general IoT thought leader, beautifully calls beaconing "user experience plus user interaction."

User Experience Plus User Interaction

"We don't work with the beacon directly. It's very passively there but it's giving us a very active experience," Dana said. "It's a proximity center, worked over BLE, with push notification, but we're not actually directly interacting with the beacon, the beacon is interacting with our mobile device. Some app is driving that user experience. The beacon is the context for that. The beacon is there to gain more insight into what we're doing." This is an apparent trend throughout the Internet of Things-machines talking to machines and acting upon that interaction, humans aside.

Blouin gives the example that, if you are in the shaving aisle, you could receive a push notification for 20 percent off Gillette razors if you buy This Item in Aisle Y. "You're collecting data from X to give to Y." Talking about how brands can collaborate, he says it's all about using a beacon to understand "what each other is getting and you want the other to know."

But, if we look at beacons as a part of the Internet of Things, it can be easy to look at it as another security and privacy complication in the already complicated seven-layer stack. It's important to look at it as another opportunity for testing and quality assurance.

Beacons and APIs work together?

We talked to Oscar Guillen Mateu, big data platform engineer, and Ivan Gonzalez Gutierrez, mobile developer, about their experience with beacons at MOCA Platform, a big data analytics platform that combines insights from open data, BLE beacons, GPS, WiFi, user settings, and user behavior via Android and iOS software development kits (SDKs).

In the case of MOCA, we have things like ‘Oh, I'm next to a beacon, that means I'm in this place.' If you're in this place that means the application knows that you're in this store and this store has offers and discounts for beverages. It asks the server, ‘What are the discounts?' The server responds back: ‘Coca-Cola is ten percent off'."

Guillen went on to describe the process of how the two application programming interfaces or APIs interact. The SDK searches for any beacons in the area. The beacon notifies the smartphone, then the mobile API sends information about where you are along with analytics for future machine learning, and, in return, it asks if there is information to share. The end user then receives a push notification.

On the other side of the cloud layer, the console API is found on the MOCA Platform website. The store owner is able to ask questions like:

  • How many users have been in the store today?
  • How many people with this profile have been here?

"Imagine that you're the store owner, every time a user interacts with a beacon, this user is here," Guillen said. This locational information combines with other data to uncover behavioral patterns that can be turned into highly segmented marketing campaigns.

Assuring beacon-based APIs are efficient in the face of stress and limited power

Guillen says that "You have to be efficient enough that you are able to have millions of phones sending data at the same time. You cannot be stuck processing that data. You have to have a process that's crunching data at its own pace. You are storing all the information, [and] you have to have all the preferences because the users have to have all that information right from the start to prioritize to some tasks and others."

He recommends using a stress simulator to generate a lot of fake users accessing the server at the same time, to see how far you go and to understand your limits. When you hit that limit, ask "Is that good enough? What happens if we add more servers, does it scale correctly? Maybe we have to think of another way to process that information perhaps horizontally." He says that it is always their target to have things as horizontally scalable as possible-one million users for one server, two million users for two servers, and so on.

MOCA had this when they provided the official app and beacons to more than 43,000 users at the 2015 Mobile World Congress. Gonzalez describes something that happened there: "You see four beacons. We send the information to our back-end to create a heat map-our server did crash but we had backups, so the architecture worked because they maintained the service."

But you not only have to make sure that your server doesn't crash, you have to make sure you aren't draining the phones either.

Your Software Impacts The Battery Life of Every Device It Runs On

The clients who have applications on users' phones need to make sure that the app doesn't use up too much energy, as the end users will simply uninstall the app that's draining all their battery. "It is very important that, when in range of beacons, we should perform efficient scannings, otherwise we will kill device the battery. iOS performs this scanning without our intervention, but in Android we have the control over the scanning frequencies," Gonzalez said.

Guillen recommends to have it pull once every 30 seconds or minute, or based on some specific data that arises during testing, and then tweaking once it's out in the wild.

He also suggests other ways that you can achieve the same level of data while preserving battery life. "Besides GPS, the mobile has other mechanisms to give you information about your location. Just by having the phone on, it can triangulate using the communication towers [for an] approximate position." You can also set frequency of information pulls based on short-term movement patterns. "Because you're moving very fast, I'll ask more frequently, but, if you are staying in one place," he'll instead ask infrequently over longer intervals.

The MOCA Platform includes a heat map to help determine the best times to pull based on movement. Guillen says that "for privacy and battery you [sometimes] can't follow an entire place-in an airplane, it moves fast, but if you're in a cafe for an hour, you can just send the data once."

Also, after the first pull to see if there are any messages to send back, a good way to save precious battery is that the mobile phone can store the info and then it'll group it into a package, only sending once more, perhaps when the phone is charging at home on WiFi.

This all makes it essential that you are testing any beacon-related program on multiple devices over multiple periods of time, preferably at multiple locations.

How can you assure beacons are efficient?

Like with everything IoT, it's important not only to test the viability and efficiency of your apps and APIs, but also the viability and efficiency of those "things." In this case, beacons can be quite finicky and imprecise things with the radio frequency being easily interrupted.

"In the SDK for this particular problem is reliability, determining whether you are close to the beacon or not. The signals have a lot of characteristics but are not stable. We have found a way to try to stabilize the signal so we can have reliable measurements from the beacon," Gonzalez said.

Not only do you need to test on different devices, but with different obstacles and obstructions that could make things worse.

"There's the reliability of the beacon itself because these things are quite sensitive," Guillen said fiddling with a beacon. "If you have walls in the middle, maybe the reach is shorter than you want. If you want to have a radius of 30 meters, how much power do you have to give it?" He recommends to ask multiple beacons to triangulate a more accurate position to get an average of distances.

You also need to test the reliability of the geolocation data, creating a balance between battery preservation, movement and precision.

"If you use multiple beacons to calculate location, you can be more precise about which part of your store your user is at, such as aisles, queues or sections if they are small. Also, you can't be asking for the user's position every five seconds, or you end up draining half of the phone's battery. The reliability of measuring the distance of the beacon, determining if you are in some of the regions-I think this has been one of the most challenging parts of the SDKs because it's a hand-off between reliability and efficiency."

For this he says that the first thing developers using the MOCA Platform will test is the reliability of the SDK detecting beacons. You can read more about mobile testing strategies here.

How can you assure security and privacy with the openness of beacons?

The list of the IDs of beacons and approximation of distance are tied to the beacon protocols, but, so far, the majority of beacons are with fully open RF, which means multiple parties could be drawing information from the same beacon.

"Security is very important because you don't want your account or your privacy compromised, so you have to be able to give access to your app to all of your users, but the client has to be the only one able to retrieve analytics from his application," Guillen said.

This is where he says OAuth comes in. "You will need it because the information that the mobile retrieves has to be linked to a user in order to be useful. If anyone was able to hack information and send false data about beacons-maybe say that you were in this place and you weren't there-your profile is getting manipulated by someone else. And that's going to affect the client because he won't be able to get good analytics because the data is compromised," he continued.

Gonzalez jumped in to explain: "You can send a new profile with wrong data, but you cannot corrupt someone else's profile as its information is securely managed within the phone and in its way to our servers." He says this is why the user has to use OAuth to log into the app so that his information is just his and not mixed with anyone else. Also, on the client side, they have to be authenticated as well, because they don't want their information to be leaked out to competitors  to breach users and sell their product first."

OAuth and a secure platform to build on is the best way to assure security, privacy and accuracy of information that comes in via beacons.

iBeacon Logo

Is iBeacon the prevailing protocol?

Apple was the first big name to bring beacon to mainstream news with its iBeacon protocol back in 2013. "And after that, a lot of people adopted this protocol because it had a lot of traction," Gonzalez said.

Director of API architecture at the API blog Mike Amundsen says that the iBeacon real estate is in itself a pretty closed system, admitting that "One way to build a platform is to actually dominate the space so no one can get in." But he pointed out that this is limiting, saying that, across the Internet of Things, "Someone has to start thinking about the protocols or the formats, independent of some sort of the product or brand."

Amundsen says that "The challenge is the protocol is really good," but asks if one protocol can really do it all.

Perhaps that's why a year after iBeacon, Radius Networks released another standard called the AltBeacon protocol, which is quite similar to the iBeacon but created for the open source community with the goal of greater interoperability. Gonzalez says that AltBeacon "will still work with iOS but maybe in a different way than iBeacon."

The iBeacon and AltBeacon protocols are just about identifying the beacon itself and its location, but not what the beacon does.

At the start of this year, Google came out with the uriBeacon protocol which is related to URLs.

"Instead of just saying who you are we and where you are, now you can have a beacon directly linked with information to a website. You won't need anything else, read this info from the beacon directly," Gonzalez said.

"The great thing about this solution [uriBeacon] is it's open, it's pragmatic, and it's quite straightforward for a lot of people, but what you lose with this solution is you don't have a lot of flexibility to configure with a console because-imagine you had one thousand beacons in a mall, you would have to go there and program each individual beacon, and the maintenance would be quite high. Other solutions, like the one we're working on, you don't have to even go there."

What should QA keep in mind when testing beacons?

When it comes down to it, some of the things you will test for will be common-sense practices for all quality assurance, while others are tips just for the beacon-based world. Here is a checklist for what to test for the best beacon proximity experience-for your customers and for their end users:

  1. As always, keep developer experience as the priority when testing the API console.
  2. Assure back-end synchronization. Make sure that everything that you've saved in the console is going to your mobile users without any problem.
  3. Check, can it handle the stress?
  4. Battery consumption is an essential factor.
  5. Find the right beacon protocol that works for your needs.
  6. The SDK must prioritize security and privacy, always remembering that the code is actually running on on the mobile devices.
  7. A great proximity experience is about a great user experience. The pleasure comes in the details.

Have you worked with beacons and beacon protocols? Tell us about your experience below!

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Smart cities have the potential to change our lives at so many levels for citizens: less pollution, reduced parking obstacles, better health, education and more energy savings. Real-time data streaming and the Internet of Things (IoT) possess the power to turn this vision into a reality. However, most organizations today are building their data infrastructure to focus solely on addressing immediate business needs vs. a platform capable of quickly adapting emerging technologies to address future ...
We are given a desktop platform with Java 8 or Java 9 installed and seek to find a way to deploy high-performance Java applications that use Java 3D and/or Jogl without having to run an installer. We are subject to the constraint that the applications be signed and deployed so that they can be run in a trusted environment (i.e., outside of the sandbox). Further, we seek to do this in a way that does not depend on bundling a JRE with our applications, as this makes downloads and installations rat...
Widespread fragmentation is stalling the growth of the IIoT and making it difficult for partners to work together. The number of software platforms, apps, hardware and connectivity standards is creating paralysis among businesses that are afraid of being locked into a solution. EdgeX Foundry is unifying the community around a common IoT edge framework and an ecosystem of interoperable components.
DX World EXPO, LLC, a Lighthouse Point, Florida-based startup trade show producer and the creator of "DXWorldEXPO® - Digital Transformation Conference & Expo" has announced its executive management team. The team is headed by Levent Selamoglu, who has been named CEO. "Now is the time for a truly global DX event, to bring together the leading minds from the technology world in a conversation about Digital Transformation," he said in making the announcement.
In this strange new world where more and more power is drawn from business technology, companies are effectively straddling two paths on the road to innovation and transformation into digital enterprises. The first path is the heritage trail – with “legacy” technology forming the background. Here, extant technologies are transformed by core IT teams to provide more API-driven approaches. Legacy systems can restrict companies that are transitioning into digital enterprises. To truly become a lead...
Digital Transformation (DX) is not a "one-size-fits all" strategy. Each organization needs to develop its own unique, long-term DX plan. It must do so by realizing that we now live in a data-driven age, and that technologies such as Cloud Computing, Big Data, the IoT, Cognitive Computing, and Blockchain are only tools. In her general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Rebecca Wanta explained how the strategy must focus on DX and include a commitment from top management to create great IT jobs, monitor ...
"Cloud Academy is an enterprise training platform for the cloud, specifically public clouds. We offer guided learning experiences on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and all the surrounding methodologies and technologies that you need to know and your teams need to know in order to leverage the full benefits of the cloud," explained Alex Brower, VP of Marketing at Cloud Academy, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clar...
The IoT Will Grow: In what might be the most obvious prediction of the decade, the IoT will continue to expand next year, with more and more devices coming online every single day. What isn’t so obvious about this prediction: where that growth will occur. The retail, healthcare, and industrial/supply chain industries will likely see the greatest growth. Forrester Research has predicted the IoT will become “the backbone” of customer value as it continues to grow. It is no surprise that retail is ...

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ReadyTalk

BEDRO-
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NAMIE
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BLACK
SQLstream

WARD
DWE

MILLER
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MEEHAN
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Citrix

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Rancher Labs

BUTLER
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ROWE
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SKILLERN
Intel

SMITH
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HGST

VASILIOU
Catchpoint

WALLGREN
Electric Cloud

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7Summits

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Cisco

RANDALL
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ARMSTRONG
AppNeta

SMALLTREE
Cazena

MCCARTHY
Bsquare

DELOACH
Infobright

QUINT
Ontegrity

MALAUCHLAN
Buddy Platform

PALIOTTA
Vector

MITRA
Cognizant

KOCHER
Grey Heron

PAPDO
POULOS

Cloud9

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Two Bulls

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SHUBIN

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Smart

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Everbridge

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Blue Pillar

PARKS
SecureRF

PEROTTI
Plantronics

HOFFMAN
EastBanc

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Trendalyze

BENSONOFF
Unigma

SHAN
CTS

MATTELA
Redpine

GILLEN
Spark
Coginition

SOLT
Netvibes

BERNARDO
GE Digital

ROMANSKY
TrustPoint

BEAMER
GoTransverse

LESTER
LogMeIn

PONO
-MAREVA

Google

SINGH
Sencha

CALKINS
Amadeus

KLEIN
Rachio

HOASIN
Aeris

SARKARIA
PHEMI

SPROULE
Metavine

SNELL
Intel

LEVINE
CytexOne

ALLEN
Freewave

MCCALLUM
Falconstor

HYEDT
Seamless

@ThingsExpo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers Include

SCHULZ
Luxoft

TAMBURINI
Autodesk

MCCARTHY
Bsquare

THURAI
SaneIoT

TURNER
Cloudian

ENDO
Intrepid

NAKAGAWA
Transparent

SHIBATA
Transparent

LEVANT-LEVI
testRTC

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GE

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M2Mi

SENAY
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KOCHER
Grey Heron

GREENE
PubNub

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HP

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Octoblu

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Cloudata

DUFOUR
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Deep

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NICTA

NIELSEN
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DataArchon

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Solgenia

LOPEZ
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KIM
MapR

BROMHEAD
Instaclustr

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CytexOne

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

GORBACHEV
Intelligent
Systems

THYKATTIL
Navisite

TRELOAR
Bebaio

SIVARAMA-
KRISHNAN

Red Hat
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POTTER
SafeLogic

ROBINSON
CompTIA

WARUSA
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WSO2 Inc

MEINER
Oracle

CHOU
Microsoft

HARRISON
Tufin

BRUNOZZI
VMware

KIM
MapR

KANE
Dyn

SICULAR
Basho

TURNER
Cloudian

KUMAR
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ADAMIAK
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KHAN
Solgenia

BONIFAZI
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SUSSMAN
Coalfire

ISAACSON
RMS

LYNN
CodeFutures

HEABERLIN
Windstream

RAMA
MURTHY

Virtusa

BOSTOCK
IndependenceIT

DE MENO
CommVault

GRILLI
Adobe

WILLIAMS
Rancher Labs

CRISWELL
Alert Logic

COTY
Alert Logic

JACOBS
SingleHop

MARAVEI
Cisco

JACKSON
Softlayer

SINGH
IBM

HAZARD
Softlayer

GALLO
Softlayer

TAMASKAR
GENBAND

SUBRA
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Emcien

LEVESQUE
Windstream

IVANOV
StorPool

BLOOMBERG
Intellyx

BUDHANI
Soha

HATHAWAY
IBM Watson

TOLL
ProfitBricks

LANDRY
Microsoft

BEARFIELD
Blue Box

HERITAGE
Akana

PILUSO
SIASMSP

HOLT
IBM Cloudant

SHAN
CTS

PICCININNI
EMC

BRON-
GERSMA

Modulus

PAIGE
CenturyLink

SABHIKHI
Cognitive Scale

MILLS
Green House Data

KATZEN
CenturyLink

SLOPER
CenturyLink

SRINIVAS
EMC

TALREJA
Cisco

GORBACHEV
Systems Services Inc.

COLLISON
Apcera

PRABHU
OpenCrowd

LYNN
CodeFutures

SWARTZ
Ericsson

MOSHENKO
CoreOS

BERMINGHAM
SIOS

WILLIS
Stateless Networks

MURPHY
Gridstore

KHABE
Vicom

NIKOLOV
GetClouder

DIETZE
Windstream

DALRYMPLE
EnterpriseDB

MAZZUCCO
TierPoint

RIVERA
WHOA.com

HERITAGE
Akana

SEYMOUR
6fusion

GIANNETTO
Author

CARTER
IBM

ROGERS
Virtustream
Cloud Expo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers

TESAR
Microsoft

MICKOS
HP

BHARGAVA
Intel

RILEY
Riverbed

DEVINE
IBM

ISAACSON
CodeFutures

LYNN
HP

HINKLE
Citrix

KHAN
Solgenia

SINGH
Bigdata

BEACH
SendGrid

BOSTOCK
IndependenceIT

DE SOUZA
Cisco

PATTATHIL
Harbinger

O'BRIEN
Aria Systems

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Solgenia

PROCTOR
NuoDB

DUGGAL
EnterpriseWeb

TEGETHOFF
Appcore

BRUNOZZI
VMware

HICKENS
Parasoft

KLEBANOV
Cisco

PETERS
Esri

GOLDBERG
Vormetric

CUMBER-
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Dimension

ROSENDAHL
Quantum

LOOMIS
Cloudant

BRUNO
StackIQ

HANNON
SoftLayer

JACKSON
SoftLayer

HOCH
Virtustream

KAPADIA
Seagate

PAQUIN
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Innodisk

BARRALL
Connected Data

SHIAH
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SEGIL
Verizon

PODURI
Citrix

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RITTEN-
HOUSE

Cisco

FALLOWS
Kaazing

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TimeWarner

LEIDUCK
SAP

LYNN
HP

WAGSTAFF
BSQUARE

POLLACK
AOL

KAMARAJU
Vormetric

BARRY
Catbird

MENDEN-
HALL

SUPERNAP

SHAN
KEANE

PLESE
Verizon

BARNUM
Voxox

TURNER
Cloudian

CALDERON
Advanced Systems

AGARWAL
SOA Software

LEE
Quantum

OBEROI
Concurrent, Inc.

HATEM
Verizon

GALEY
Autodesk

CAUTHRON
NIMBOXX

BARSOUM
IBM

GORDON
1Plug

LEWIS
Verizon

YEO
OrionVM

NAKAGAWA
Transparent Cloud Computing

SHIBATA
Transparent Cloud Computing

NATH
GE

GOKCEN
GE

STOICA
Databricks

TANKEL
Pivotal Software


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Thank you @ThingsExpo for such a great event. All of the people we met over the past three days makes us confident IoT has a bright future."
Yasser Khan
CEO of @Cnnct2me
 
One of the best conferences we have attended in a while. Great job, Cloud Expo team! Keep it going."

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@ThingsExpo Blogs
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, which can process our conversational commands and orchestrate the outcomes we request across our persona...
Blockchain. A day doesn’t seem to go by without seeing articles and discussions about the technology. According to PwC executive Seamus Cushley, approximately $1.4B has been invested in blockchain just last year. In Gartner’s recent hype cycle for emerging technologies, blockchain is approaching the peak. It is considered by Gartner as one of the ‘Key platform-enabling technologies to track.’ While there is a lot of ‘hype vs reality’ discussions going on, there is no arguing that blockchain is being taken very seriously across industries and cannot be ignored.
Blockchain is a shared, secure record of exchange that establishes trust, accountability and transparency across business networks. Supported by the Linux Foundation's open source, open-standards based Hyperledger Project, Blockchain has the potential to improve regulatory compliance, reduce cost as well as advance trade. Are you curious about how Blockchain is built for business? In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, discussed the basics of Blockchain, previewed the Blockchain Reference Architecture, and introduced the mechanics o...
Imagine if you will, a retail floor so densely packed with sensors that they can pick up the movements of insects scurrying across a store aisle. Or a component of a piece of factory equipment so well-instrumented that its digital twin provides resolution down to the micrometer.
Bitcoins are a digital cryptocurrency and have been around since 2009. As a substitute for legal tender, they are becoming the rage for investors and others but because there is no government agency auditing or performing regulatory oversights, you wonder if it is the perfect breeding ground for electronic nano crime. Since the introduction of the Bitcoin, some competitors have emerged and the whole segment of cryptocurrencies are defined as Altcoins. Altcoins include Dogecoin, Ethereum Feathercoin, Litecoin, Novacoin, Peercoin, and Zetacoin. Some of these cryptocurrencies are considered impro...
It took Magellan's crew three years sailing ships to circumnavigate the earth. Today, at hypersonic speeds of 7,680 MPH, it takes just over three hours to circumnavigate the earth. Data on the Internet, however, travels at 670 million MPH, which means it only takes milliseconds to circumnavigate the earth. In this age of digital businesses and digital interactions, companies must digitally transform to work effectively in a world where mass information moves at these unimaginable speeds.
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and optimization to employee training and insights, all ultimately create the best customer experience b...
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
When shopping for a new data processing platform for IoT solutions, many development teams want to be able to test-drive options before making a choice. Yet when evaluating an IoT solution, it’s simply not feasible to do so at scale with physical devices. Building a sensor simulator is the next best choice; however, generating a realistic simulation at very high TPS with ease of configurability is a formidable challenge. When dealing with multiple application or transport protocols, you would be looking at some significant engineering investment. On-demand, serverless computing enables deve...
From manual human effort the world is slowly paving its way to a new space where most process are getting replaced with tools and systems to improve efficiency and bring down operational costs. Automation is the next big thing and low code platforms are fueling it in a significant way. The Automation era is here. We are in the fast pace of replacing manual human efforts with machines and processes. In the world of Information Technology too, we are linking disparate systems, softwares and tools to make things self sustaining. This is called Automation.It has been helping companies overcome t...
By 2020, 90 percent of all new cars will have some sort of built-in connectivity platform, and by 2022, there will be 1.8 billion automotive M2M connections. As cars join the Internet of Things, cars will stop being independent entities and will become part of a larger, connected ecosystem. Cars as part of the IoT isn’t just a look into the future – it’s already happening. “Everything that moves will become autonomic, it’s just a matter of time,” says Vishnu Andhare, Consulting Manager at ISG. Andhare notes that all of the big automotive players are already moving towards a future of shared m...
Decentralization of everything, the great new idea of which the web can’t stop babbling, might still seem a bit utopian if you inspect it closely. Yes, blockchains are likely to reshape our economy, or a huge part of it, and benefit considerably those who are currently unbanked. They might also facilitate the creation of rating/reputation systems that are not controlled by any single entity and thus allow people (say Uber drivers who’d like to work for Lyft) to switch employers without having to establish their credibility anew. They might give users complete control over their assets; prot...
There is a fundamental flaw in how many people think about digital transformation. First, as we’ve written about extensively at Intellyx, people tend to think about it as a finite corporate project, rather than as a process of continual transformation. There is a deeper flaw in thinking, however, that leads to this type of project mentality. Enterprise leaders commonly think of transformation as something done at a corporate level — something the organization does to itself. But that mindset creates a separation between the act of transformation at an organizational level and the transformatio...
These days, APIs have become an integral part of the digital transformation journey for all enterprises. Every digital innovation story is connected to APIs . But have you ever pondered over to know what are the source of these APIs? Let me explain - APIs sources can be varied, internal or external, solving different purposes, but mostly categorized into the following two categories. Data lakes is a term used to represent disconnected but relevant data that are used by various business units within an enterprise. APIs are created as the easy access points for these siloed data lakes.
We are given a desktop platform with Java 8 or Java 9 installed and seek to find a way to deploy high-performance Java applications that use Java 3D and/or Jogl without having to run an installer. We are subject to the constraint that the applications be signed and deployed so that they can be run in a trusted environment (i.e., outside of the sandbox). Further, we seek to do this in a way that does not depend on bundling a JRE with our applications, as this makes downloads and installations rather long.
There is a story emerging about the role the Internet of Things (IoT) has played in disaster preparedness. Indeed this technology has matured to the point that it is making a real and measurable impact in helping communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from disaster.
AI technology is ever evolving and some believe it could be the next digital frontier. Today, the artificial intelligence revolution seems to be transforming every business in just about every industry from auto to banking to retail and beyond. The gaming industry is no exception.
Bert Loomis was a visionary. This general session will highlight how Bert Loomis and people like him inspire us to build great things with small inventions. In their general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Architect at IBM Bluemix, and Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at Nvidia, discussed the accelerating pace of AI development and how IBM Cloud and NVIDIA are partnering to bring AI capabilities to "every day," on-demand. They also reviewed two "free infrastructure" programs available to startups and innovators.
There is a war a-brewin’, but this war will be fought with wits and not brute strength. Ever since Russian President Vladimir Putin’s declaration that “the nation that leads in AI (Artificial Intelligence) will be the ruler of the world,” the press and analysts have created hysteria regarding the ramifications of artificial intelligence on everything from public education to unemployment to healthcare to Skynet. Note: artificial intelligence (AI) endows applications with the ability to automatically learn and adapt from experience via interacting with the surroundings / environment. See the b...
A strong declaration from a historically antagonist foe should put chills in the hearts of Americans preparing themselves for the world ahead: Russian President Vladimir Putin says the nation that leads in AI will be the ruler of the world [1]” … The ruler of the world! From the article (with some modification to avoid political landmines), we get the following: “The development of artificial intelligence has increasingly become a national security concern in recent years. It is China and the US (not Russia), which are seen as the two frontrunners, with China recently announcing its ambi...